Wow, thanks folks thanks for the advice (keep it coming), this has been really interesting for me.
Phill, Graeme and Matiboy really sum up the three positions that I have been considering.
1. Box trailer with fittings for SIB (inflated) on top with engine and kit inside (Phill)
2. Box trailer with SIB packed inside with all of the kit as well (Graeme)
3. Purpose built inflatable boat trailer (Matiboy)
All are very good suggestions and all are viable options. So how do costs and details compare?
Here are my thoughts and personal considerations.
1. Quicksilver is kept at my home in Scotland, which is right on the beach.
2. There are several great ‘cruising/exploring’ areas within a few minutes drive with shelter from different wind directions. This means that if I can not launch from Hilton of Cadboll, I can usually launch somewhere within a 20 minute drive away (take a look at the map and you will see why).
3. I may occasionally take the boat home to Birmingham
4. I like to keep the boat inflated and in my garage (in Scotland, in Birmingham I do not have room)
5. If I am taking the boat to Nigg (for example) just 15 minutes drive away, I have to do the following at present. Get boat out of garage. Deflate boat, pack it away, load the car. Drive to Nigg. Unload car, inflate boat, set it up, launch it. Go out in boat for an hour or so. Deflate boat, pack it away, load car. Drive back to Hilton of Cadboll. Unload car, inflate boat, wash it down, park it in garage.
6. I want to be able to use the boat as often as possible with as less hassle as possible
7. I like to take the boat on regular trips over to the West Highlands coast
8. It would be an advantage it I could launch the boat on my own
9. Originally I envisaged using the boat ONLY from Hilton of Cadboll. I never thought that I would be brave (or foolhardy) enough to go on ‘adventures’ with it.
10. I can not afford to buy a bigger boat
11. I am happy with the boat I have (until I move up to Scotland permanently, but that is another story)
12. I need to free up some space in my Mondeo estate car so I can actually have the option of taking the boat back to Birmingham if I want to
Box trailer, complete with spare wheel, lights etc. = £400.00
Box trailer as above with extra supports added = £450.00
Inflatable boat trailer, complete with lights, spare wheel (mounted) = £425.00
So as you see, the costs are about the same.
Now having written the above and digested it myself, I must admit that today I am veering towards the inflatable boat trailer option (however, I must point out that last week I was wavering between the two box trailer options).
Either way I have definitely decided on the trailer route.
I have attached a picture of the De Graaf trailer that I am considering.
Keith (can’t make his mind up) Hart